Whole Body LLC

About Michelle

Michelle Emanuel Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Hello! I am Michelle Emanuel. I have 27 years of experience as a Neonatal/Pediatric Occupational Therapist, with specific focus on posture, movement and connection between parents and baby. I have a wide variety of training and experience in specialty baby manual therapy/bodywork. My treatment approach is based in nervous system function and health. I utilize Therapeutic Skin Movement to facilitate improvements in movement, connection and neurodevelopment.


In addition, I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Yoga Instructor (RYT200), a National Board Certified Reflexologist, and am certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Infant Massage, Baby's First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS), HINE Hammersmith Infant Neurological Assessment, and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. I am an Advanced Reliable OT for Prechtl's General Movements Assesment.  


Specialties seen in my office: 

  • Asymmetries of head and posture / Torticollis  (head turning or feeding preference to one side)
  • Plagiocephaly / Brachycephaly / Scaphocephaly / Doming (head flattening, flat spots, cranial molding)
  • Oral Dysfunction / Feeding Problems with Breast or Bottle
  • Oral restrictions such as Tongue Tie / Lip Tie and Buccal Tie
  • GI issue  colic type symptoms and especially reflux
  • Airway Compromise such as noisy/squeaky breathing
  • Compromised Vocal Prosody (weak, hoarse or squeaky cry)
  • Fussiness / Stiffness / Body Tension
  • TummyTime!™ Method to help baby LOVE tummy time


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, interest or concern about anything I've mentioned on this website. In addition to all the things I've mentioned above, I'm just another human, a mom of three brilliant and beautiful children, who is interested in helping babies! I'm on your side in helping you support your baby's resiliency, health and happiness.   

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein